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Ex-England Goalkeeper Rob Green Close To Surprise Chelsea Move

Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing former England international Robert Green on a free transfer.

The 38-year-old has been without a club since it was confirmed that his contract at Huddersfield Town would not be renewed, but reports on Wednesday suggested that he was undergoing ahead of a surprise move to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Robert Green of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Leeds United and Huddersfield Town at Elland Road on September 10, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA via Getty Images)

Green, who hasn’t played a league game since May 2017, has likely been brought in as the third-choice goalkeeper, similar to Lee Grant’s new role at Manchester United. Eduardo has been seen on loan to Chelsea’s feeder club Vitesse for the season, with the former Leeds United and West Ham man likely to take that spot in that squad.

Green, despite that fact that he is unlikely to actually see any first-team action at the club, does come with a wealth of experience. The keeper has over 650 appearances under his belt, and played with the English national side at the 2010 World Cup.

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Robert Green of England misjudges the ball and lets in a goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between England and USA at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

While Green comes in as a backup, of greater concern right now is the first-choice spot. Thibaut Courtois continues to be linked with a move away from Chelsea, with some tentative reports from Italy even suggesting that Pepe Reina, who has just completed a free transfer to AC Milan, could be in line for a surprise return to the Premier League if the Belgian departs for Real Madrid this summer.

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